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World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde

Written by: Christie Golden
Narrated by: Christie Golden
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Though the young Warchief Thrall ended the demon curse that had plagued his people for generations, the orcs still wrestle with the sins of their bloody past. As the rampaging Horde, they waged a number of devastating wars against their perennial enemy - the Alliance. Yet the rage and bloodlust that drove the orcs to destroy everything in their path nearly consumed them as well. Long ago, on the idyllic world of Draenor, the noble orc clans lived in relative peace with their enigmatic neighbors, the draenei. 

But the nefarious agents of the Burning Legion had other plans for both of the unsuspecting races. The demon-lord Kil’jaeden set in motion a dark chain of events that would succeed not only in eradicating the draenei, but would forge the orc clans into an single, unstoppable juggernaut of hatred and destruction. An original tale of magic, warfare, and heroism based on the best-selling, award-winning electronic game series from Blizzard.

©2007 Blizzard Entertainment (P)2018 Blizzard Entertainment

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Decent Audio Book

I am an avid player and fan of World of Warcraft and own an original copy of this book. I picked up the Audio version, which is reviewed here, before getting on a plane as the cost was decent and I enjoy the opportunity to listen to a novel when it is read by the author.

I gave this audio book 3 stars for a few reasons. The story itself is far darker than I expected which is not a bad thing. Overall, I can honestly say that the history of the Horde as written by the author is pretty good and from a Warcraft fan I'd say very near 5 stars.

The voice of the author is nice and she does a good job telling the story but her voice is something more, in my opinion, suited to telling a more positive story than this one and so it doesn't really work for this audio book and therefore I give the reading of the story a 3 star.

When all is said and done, I will give this Audio Book 4 stars but just barely. That is mostly on personal preference. I was close to giving it 3 stars to be honest but on reflection, the history presented for a Warcraft fan is very good in my opinion and well written. I did enjoy the sound of the author's voice but it did not work with the story she was reading. Recommended for reading.

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FOR THE HORDE!

Loved it. Probably my most read/listened to warcraft book! Check it out if you are interested in orc lore, or just want to hear a good story!

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  • Vane874
  • 2019-01-06

Good book

Although she is the author, I’m not as crazy about her performance. Would have preferred Scott Brick. Still overall it was a decent performance and a good book.

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  • Kacie Mae Ross
  • 2018-12-19

Rise Of The Horde review

Christie golden writes wonderful books but she does not narrate them the best she did and all right job but they're better narrators for the World of Warcraft books

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  • Christa Comfort
  • 2018-11-15

Great for lore lovers

Wonderful listen but odd to hear a female read majority Male characters. Decent performance otherwise. Loved this book.

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  • Edward Englehart
  • 2019-08-16

One of my Favorites

This has always been one of my favorite worls of warcraft novels, FOR THE HORDEEEE!!!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-24

Amazing story; boring narration.

Christie Golden has helped shape the Warcraft universe as we know it today and making amazing books and story but her narration is just boring and flat. It sounds like the text to speech communication bot 90% of the time with some attempts at accents for the characters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-01-21

wish this was read by better reader.

ok story that suffers greatly by low quality reading performance. generally Monotonous, and occasionally gringing over-acting made the story painful to listen. And the story suffers largely because of it.

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  • MikeBrown91285
  • 2020-01-19

Awesome story.

The story was amazing. I have more respect for the orcs after listening to this. Christie Golden did well with the novel, but the narration was spotty at times. Overall, I enjoyed the whole thing, and would definitely recommend it.

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  • Ross Denney
  • 2019-12-19

Best Warcraft Book

One of the best books I have ever read. Explains the Horde's origins. Christian Golden is the best Warcraft author.

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  • noel alston
  • 2019-12-12

More with the story telling

i think it needs more dramatics in the story telling add background music to it . like the Star Wars books help you visualize and get more into it. If you have other stuff making nose near you then some one just reading a book to you will have will allow you to lose focus but if you have dramatic cinematic story then your hooked

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-22

great book

I love the book and author, but hearing her voice impersonating large brutish orcs was a bit immersion breaking.